Benjamin Brandon teaches History, and serves as Director. He loves to learn, and one of his favorite ways to learn is through teaching. He has gained valuable experience teaching almost every age group, including elementary, jr. high, high school, university, and adult classes, in a variety of settings, including home-schooled co-ops, private schools, Church, and University. No matter the age of his students, Benjamin hopes to exemplify a true love of learning that is not limited to the classroom, but overflows into all areas of life. He is deeply drawn to the study of Western Civilization, especially ancient history and political philosophy. He received his B.A. degrees in International Relations and History, and completed his M.A. thesis on Christian Political Philosophy (specifically on Constantine, the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire). Benjamin has an eclectic teaching style, weaving together reading material with various media and activities as he aims for an integrated understanding of different subjects. When not teaching, he is often found making game-winning catches in Ultimate Frisbee, or conquering the world in Risk.
Derek Ririe, who teaches American Government, recently completed his B.A. in Philosophy at Boise State University. His areas of interest include the History of Philosophy and Ancient, Modern and Analytic Philosophy. Outside of these academic interests he enjoys reading classical literature, engaging in discussion, traveling abroad, playing Frisbee and riding his bike. He recently completed a two term study abroad in Lueneburg, Germany, and has experience tutoring students at BSU in philosophy.
Manna Hancock teaches Literature at BCA. While a student in the Torrey Honors program at Biola University, Ms Hancock immersed in the study of great books of the Western culture and was introduced to the classical method of teaching via mentors and small group discussion. Consequently, she is a strong proponent of equipping students with skills to critically read, successfully discuss, and ultimately assimilate literature of historical value. As a third year teacher of literature and writing at Aaron Academy, Ms. Hancock has discovered a passion for engaging students in the wonders of the written word and brings that passion with her to BCA.
Sam Kelley teaches the Latin classes at BCA. He worked as a produce clerk for the past decade in Massachusetts and Idaho while finishing high school and going to college and graduate school. Now he is happy to be teaching Latin to high school students in addition to tutoring and teaching history at the college level. During college he studied history and philosophy, and he began graduate school studying early Christianity but quickly switched his focus to American religious history, which remains his primary interest. Mr. Kelley likes reading (history, philosophy, theology); writing; playing guitar; fly fishing; spending time with his family, all of whom live locally; and listening to people’s stories. His favorite books are The Evangelical Mind and the New School Presbyterian Experience and Jonathan Edwards: A Life, both by George Marsden.
Roy Wiersma teaches Math at BCA. He received his BA in Philosophywith a minor in mathematics from BSU in 2010. During this year he discovered his aptitude for teaching while working in a math tutoring lab at BSU. After graduation he volunteered for Americorps. As a volunteer he was placed at Jefferson elementary school where he further developed his teaching skills working with children K-6. After his stint with Americorps Roy began work with Huntington Learning Center preparing high school student for SAT, ACT, and AP math and science tests. In this one-on-one scenario his teaching style came to light. He believes that learning is a naturally rewarding behavior, and it is the responsibility of the educator demonstrate how satisfying and energizing the act of discovery can be. By cultivating this recognition of value in discovery students will become impassioned lifelong learners and will be able to adapt to any challenge they face.
Benjamin Herren, who is teaching Physics at the Boise Classical Academy, is a Materials Science and Engineering student at Boise State University. His interests include History, languages, running, hiking, and building and riding bicycles among other things. He was briefly a History major at the University of Oregon, and still maintains a strong interest in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Lori Hancock serves as an administrative advisor for the Boise Classical Academy after twenty years of homeschooling her four children in the Treasure Valley. Three of her kids have graduated high school and continued on to university while the youngest, a student at BCA, is entering her junior year of high school. Throughout those years of teaching at home, Lori and her husband, Roger, utilized a wide variety of educational options including private school & auxiliary classes, homeschool co-ops, online classes, public school & college dual enrollment programs, and tutors. During the last three years Lori has been involved with the Aaron Academy as both a parent and a teacher.